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Photo of Dean Nell Jessup Newton   Dean Nell Jessup Newton
Notre Dame Law School
South Bend, IN

Nell Jessup Newton became Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School in July 2009. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1973 and from UC Hastings College of the Law in 1976, where she was a member of the Thurston Society and the Order of the Coif and served as Managing Editor of the Hastings Law Journal.

After graduation from law school, Dean Newton taught at Catholic University Law School (1976-1992) and then at American University Law School (1992-1998). Prior to joining Notre Dame, Dean Newton served as dean of the law schools of the University of California Hastings College of the Law (2006 - 2009),the University of Connecticut (2000-2006) and the University of Denver (1998-2000).

Dean Newton is active in national scholarly and educational organizations such as the American Association of Law Schools, the American Bar Association, the Law & Society Association, and the Law School Admissions Council, and is a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Connecticut Bar Foundation.

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